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A Puzzle by Prolixic
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It seems a while since we last had a Prolixic puzzle on a Saturday afternoon, this one is the usual mix of entertainment and education, not to mention his usual inclusion of a ‘lady of the night’!
1a Crafter‘s absolutely right to keep a bit of linen (7)
QUILTER Another way of saying absolutely and R (right) keep a ‘bit’ of Linen
5a Drew attention to first half of prayer by Mark (7)
SPOTLIT A mark and the first half of a six letter prayer of supplication.
9a Landlord maybe an expert about Welsh capital (5)
OWNER An expert goes about the ‘capital’ of Welsh.
10a Point to cross over part of theatre (5,4)
STAGE DOOR A point followed by a reversal (over) of a cross found at the entrance to a chancel in a church.
12a Very large star (3)
SOL Another way of saying very followed by an abbreviation for Large to be found in Collins dictionary but not the BRB gives us the sun personified.
13a Amount of earth left in shed (5)
SPILT L (left) is put in the amount of earth equal to the depth of a spade
14a Some French agents getting papers back went their separate ways (9)
DISPERSED The French work for some, an abbreviated word for agents and some identity papers all reversed (back)
16a Lay down with ho cavorting in a careless manner (3,3,3)
ANY OLD HOW An anagram (cavorting) of LAY DOWN and HO
20a Leave emergency shutdown of reactor (5)
SCRAM An imperative verb telling you to leave or to shut down a nuclear reactor, especially in an emergency.
21a I don’t know powerless fool (3)
ASS Remove the P (power less) from something a Mastermind contestant might say if they didn’t know the answer
23a Letters Arab composed to intimidate (5-6)
SABRE-RATTLE Military bluster intended to intimidate is obtained from an anagram (composed) of LETTERS ARAB. I know this picture doesn’t exactly illustrate the solution but it was the most intriguing of the offerings on Google Images!
25a Annoyed Irish father figure embracing educated lady (9)
IRRITATED The abbreviation for Irish, an Irish ‘father figure’ in a sitcom, ‘embracing’ the lady educated in the film comedy written by Willy Russell
26d Head of media dismissed from classic car magazine? (5)
ORGAN A means of communicating opinions such as a magazine is obtained by removing the ‘head’ of Media from a particular marque of classic car.
27a Make use of old story line broken by paper (7)
EXPLOIT The two letters used to indicate old or former, and a story line ‘broken’ by the single letter title of a newspaper now only available in a digital version, although at the time the clue was written, you could still buy a newsprint version.
28a Destroys adepts of four letter words?! (7)
EFFACES Split 3,4 this word meaning destroys could describe experienced users of four letter words.
1 Hunt for meat substitute (5)
QUORN One of the country’s original hunts is also the name of a company making meat substitute products
2d In Nice try criminal from a deprived area (5,4)
INNER CITY An anagram (criminal) of IN NICE TRY
3d Forcibly eject topless hooligan at the end of racing (4,3)
TURF OUT A ‘topless’ hooligan goes at the end of a word used here to mean horse-racing or the race-course itself.
4d Film magnate’s final word in wine and beer (7)
ROSEBUD The last word of Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire film and newspaper tycoon is obtained by taking some of my favourite pink wine and following it with the abbreviated way people refer to a particular brand of American-style pale lager (beer)
5d Luddites pinching endless vehicles Beetles (7)
SCARABS Remove the end of some vehicles and insert the remaining vehicle into the abbreviation for some discontented workers who deliberately or maliciously damage machinery just like the Luddites in the 1800s.
6d Disregard uprising during chimpanzees revolution (7)
OVERSEE Hidden (during) and reversed (uprising) in chimpanzEES REVOlution
7d Machines producing toilet paper – quite the reverse (5)
LOOMS Quite the reverse indicates that the machines here don’t produce toilet paper but combining an informal term for toilet with an abbreviation for manuscript (paper) will produce some machines!
8d Hero regularly disrupts bombastic Benedictine’s description of slavery in America (9)
THRALLDOM The ‘regular’ letters of HeRo disrupt a word meaning inflated (bombastic, especially in the sense of a story) the result then followed by the abbreviation given to a member of the Benedictine order.
15d Key bridge player quits rolling cigarettes (9)
STRATEGIC Remove the abbreviation for one of the players in a game of bridge from CIGARETTES and an anagram (rolling) of the remaining letters will give you the adjective meaning key.
17d Lease house around South African country (7)
LESOTHO A verb meaning to lease and the abbreviation for house go around a less-common abbreviation for south.
18d Physical environment in community store (7)
HABITAT Triple definitions, the third one being a store started by Terence Conran.
19d Persuade to go round Spain to capture duke (7)
WHEEDLE A verb meaning to go round on an axis ‘captures’ the abbreviation for Duke, the result then followed by the IVR code for Spain.
20d Water carrier has food prepared (7)
SHADOOF One of the highlights of a visit to the Science Museum when I was at school was to have a go at the model of this Egyptian device for raising water, together with the model Archimedes Screw. I wonder if they are still there? The water carrier here can be obtained from an anagram (prepared) of HAS FOOD
22d Belt one leaves Persian official (5)
STRAP Remove the first A (one leaves) from a viceroy or governor of an ancient Persian province.
24d Birds seen in wilderness (5)
ERNES Seen in the wildERNESs